The Secret

IMG_0461I am so honored and excited to have a poem from Daniel Trosper in my next book! His poem, “You Will Be My Courage” completes my book in such a wonderful way.

While completing the steps before publication, I continue to be drawn to his poem.

“I am the secret no one knows, the 12-1 shot that never shows…..”

How many of us can relate to this? I certainly can and am so encouraged by Dan’s healing and powerful message.

There are times when we feel like no one understands what we are going through. There are times when we feel like we will not finish the race, let alone having a chance to win.

My prayer for this evening is one of encouragement. And of thanks to soon be able to share “You Will Be My Courage” with you.

 

The Write Way

IMG_0341One of the things I realized this week is how much I appreciate you…people who take the time to read and share my writing ministry as we continue to discover and share God’s love and grace.

I also appreciate how this blog keeps me connected with scripture and  a supportive community.

I had some wonderful conversations with close friends this week and some heart-touching talks with God.

It feels good to be back here. I missed you all.

Blessings for a wonderful day.

Winding Walk

DSCF3884This image from the Kissimmee River reminds me of my past week. I usually write more frequently, but felt the need to step away. Thankfully, it was step away and not walk away as I did once before.

This part of the Kissimmee River meanders around in ways where one could easily get lost.

I have struggled recently and in the past week, have felt lost. Today is the first day I seem to be finding my way back.

This afternoon, while preparing an article about my next book, God allowed me to see something wonderful. I was asked to provide a cover photo to accompany the article. No matter how I tried to take the image, there was always an area of “extra” light appearing…light which is not on the cover itself.

I sent the image to the newspaper and hope they can use it. If not, that’s ok because in the process of finding my way back, God, once again, revealed Himself to me. And I hope, through this writing, to  you as well.

The subtitle of Gentle Witnessing is:

Faith

Hope

Love

I chose those words from the following scripture: “And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

-  1 Corinthians 13:13

As God gives us the opportunity to gently witness to a hurting world, my prayer is for us to remember how God’s love and light will appear. God is with us.

 

 

 

Spiritual Bridge

DSCF3153-1On one of the Alaska reality shows, a father and son discovered their self-made bridge was close to being washed away. The tides had been higher and with a stronger current, the banks on each side were eroding.

Are we taking care of our spiritual bridges?

Prayer is a spiritual bridge I often take for granted. Maybe because I know God will always be there and I leave it up to Him to take care of the maintenance.

A pastor or minister can be a spiritual bridge. Again, I see how I take them for granted because it seems they will always be there. I realize I haven’t thanked my pastors in some time for all they do.

Friends can be a spiritual bridge. We can help one another get over so many challenges providing our bridge is sturdy and cared for.

My prayer for today is to talk with God about our spiritual bridges and identify those which need repair.

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

- Isaac Newton

Compassion

DSCF3205As I sat in his office, I prepared myself for “the lecture.”

“How are you?”

“Tell me what happened.”

“I can relate to what you just said.”

“It’s going to be ok.”

“We are going to work on this together.”

I prepared myself for a lecture which was not delivered.

I self delivered and beat myself up with the lecture in advance. Perhaps, you know the format: the why, how and what questions. Why did I make that decision? How could I be so stupid? What was I thinking?

On our walk of faith, we will encounter people in need. Most likely, they know and are prepared for “the lecture.” Imagine their relief if we:

“How are you?”

“Tell me what happened.”

“I can relate to what you just said.”

“It’s going to be ok.”

“We are going to work on this together.”

Once again, I would like you to share a scripture and/or comment that relates to this post. Thank you.

 

 

 

Three Words

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In prayer this weekend, God gave me three words.

“I have you.”

There have been times on my walk of faith when I doubted that. Times when I wondered where God was in the midst of my falling and failing.

Fact is, God was always there.

This weekend, God reminded me again.

Fact is, God will always be there.

As we continue our walk of faith, I know it will be our personal testimony which will help people discover and share God’s grace, hope and love.

Please feel free to “comment” with a scripture today which affirms God being present in your life.

Three Months

IMG_0461As I turned the calendar page this week, I realized how quickly the next three months will pass. At least for me, these months seem to fly by  as the holiday season approaches.

During my prayer time this week, I talked with God about what I have not been doing. We talked about my potential and how I’m not really living up to all God wants me to accomplish. I’m not living up to all I want to accomplish.

Why?

Two barriers for me are laziness and procrastination. Ouch. Not living up to what God wants me to do because I’m lazy and put things off?

Ouch.

I am writing down my goals for the next ninety days. Not bucket list, life changing goals….more like small step goals that will lead to improvement.

Examples: My friend Gil and I have scheduled a meeting that we have talked about for months. I am going to kayak at least once a month. I am going to spend more time with my girls. I attended a class last night at a church I have been wanting to visit.

My goal is to have ninety accomplishments by the end of the year.

It came down to a simple choice: potential vs procrastination.

My prayer for us today is to talk with God about His plan for our lives and see our potential from His perspective!

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

- Thomas A. Edison